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Sing it out loud! - entrepreneurship in SME operas in Scandinavia

Conference contribution
Authors Staffan Albinsson
Published in Presented at The 15th Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurial Research in Siegen 21 September 2017
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Economy and Society
Language en
Keywords Cultural entrepreneurship, cultural economics, opera, SME enterprise
Subject categories Economic History, Musicology, Business Administration


The purpose of this study is to contribute new knowledge on the entrepreneurial facets of opera production based on an in depth study of a dozen SME enterprises. Interviews have been conducted with a semi-structured set of questions. As the studied companies are SMEs the majority of the respondents are both their initiators, their artistic directors and their general managers – in short their entrepreneurs. Visits to performances of the respondents’ productions was imperative to see whether and how the actual outcome, artistic and otherwise, followed what was expressed in the interviews. The analysis shows that opera entrepreneurs do fundamentally follow normal entrepreneurial processes in their endeavors. For a few there was some entrepreneurship or project management tuition in prior education. For most necessary skills have been acquired through trial-and-error experiences.

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